The University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is the largest agricultural research centre in the Southern Hemisphere. The School is co-located with CSIRO and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) on the Waite Campus. The School has world-class expertise in the areas of plant genomics, crop improvement, sustainable agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and oenology. Crop Bioinformatics Adelaide (previously ACPFG Bioinformatics) provides extensive capabilities in the development and application of bioinformatics to biological problems, particularly in the field of cereal genomics. The strength of this Node lies in its ability to interface with the biological domain, addressing problems often only seen in plants and/or non-model organisms.

The Node is also known for close and successful collaborations with national and international industry partners.​

The UA Node has access to large memory compute cluster for crop research using the Slurm workload manager. The cluster connects to 100’s TB of clustered filesystem storage. The node has expertise managing and using such a system for the analysis of large-scale genomics datasets. It can offer access to this infrastructure for those involved in crop research collaborations.

The Node will make available the tools it has developed for aggregating various genomic datasets and presenting them in a way that helps biologists interpret their own data in the context of existing datasets. Some of these tools contain large amounts of processed data which will be made available to other Nodes. In addition, some of these tools have been “dockerised” so they are easily deployed within cloud and HPC environments for others to use with their own data and infrastructure.

The Node hosts a PacBio Sequel System capable of generating sequence data using the Single Molecule, Real-Time technology. Where there is available capacity, biologists will be able to access this System on a collaborative basis. The Node will share current in-house methods for the analysis of non-model organisms and develop new platforms and tools to help make unique Australian datasets more easily accessible and visible internationally.


Biologists will benefit from having better access to introductory hands-on bioinformatics training while bioinformaticians will benefit from having better access to advanced training materials and a larger network of collaborators through the deployment of resources for the growing network of trainers across EMBL-ABR on the Australian Nectar Research Cloud.


Dr Ute Baumann

Bioinformatics Group Leader

University of Adelaide


+61 8 8313 7388